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In this time of COVID-19 …
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Mar
23
Sat
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Closed Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
The 2019 EACU Individual Championships, incorporating the EACU Junior Championships, and open only to EACU players (see entry form for definitions). A 5 round Swiss congress, with three sections – Open, Under-170 and Under-130 | Entry form

Apr
19
Fri
2019
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & a qualifying event for the British Championships; features a FIDE rateds major section U1950, an ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies Championship | Entry form

May
19
Sun
2019
1st Norfolk Blitz Tournament @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way, Norwich
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
New event – a 15 round Blitz | Entry form

Jun
4
Tue
2019
20th Sam Black Memorial Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead London
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 rounds – 2 games per round = 12 games. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prizes £30 each. Slow starter prize £20. Entry – £10 (£13 on night), if you played in 2018 deduct £1 from entry. Email entries accepted with payment on night

Jun
9
Sun
2019
UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate — U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U18 | Entry form

Jun
16
Sun
2019
Wey Valley Championships @ Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Olivia Smithies Email: oliviasmithies@gmail.com [MAP]
Mostly Junior tournament – U7/U8/U9/U10 sections, Major section for anyone older with ECF grade lower than 150 | Entry form

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Round Robin Blitz tournament, 5 minutes KO each player. All levels and ratings welcome. £5 entry fee (pay on the day)
£20 top prize | https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-VtaFpZNE/events/262028574/

Aug
16
Fri
2019
50th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
The 50th Thanet Chess Congress in 2019 incorporates the Kent and Southern Counties Chess Union Championships and has five categories of entry comprising Open, Challengers, Major, Intermediate and Minor and is held over 5 rounds from Friday evening until Sunday early evening with byes available. Total prize fund of over £2,300

Sep
15
Sun
2019
3rd Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Round Robin Blitz Tournament, 5min KO (no increment), limited to a maximum of 10 players, all ages and levels welcome. Registration in store at 2.30 pm (first come, first served, pay on the day) – £10 entry fee (£5 entry for Chess Magazine subscribers)
1st prize – £30 gift voucher; 2nd prize – £20 gift voucher; 3rd prize – £5 chess bargain book
Tiebreak – a) head to head b) most wins c) most black games
All participants receive latest issue of Chess Magazine and get a 10% discount with any purchase on the day in-store

Sep
18
Wed
2019
Wiltshire 5 Minute Championship @ Maud Heath Committee Room, Langley Burrell Village Hall, Manor Farm Lane, Chippenham
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com [MAP]
There will be 1 overall tournament with prizes determined by the entry level. All entry fees will be returned as prize money. The entry fee is £3 adults / £1.50 juniors (cash only, NO CHEQUES). Entries will only be accepted on the night, so bring along a completed form. Please arrive between 7.15 and 7.30 to allow for a prompt start. It is expected that there will be 7 rounds, but this will depend on how promptly we can start and size of the entry | Entry form

Oct
6
Sun
2019
4th Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Knockout Tournament limited to 8 players. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day.

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Seaton Chess Club Jurassic Blitz Championship @ Seaton Chess Club Town Hall Fore Street, Seaton
Oct 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
6 rounds with 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £4.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Trophy and prize for winner and grading prizes | Entry form

Nov
10
Sun
2019
5th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London W1 7RT
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: https://shop.chess.co.uk/Casual-Chess-Blitz-Tournament-Entry-p/cb07627.htm [MAP]
Tournament limited to a maximum of 10 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Nov
17
Sun
2019
South East England Girls & Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 17 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the South East, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be played separately | Entry form

Dec
28
Sat
2019
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This established three day, six round Congress consists of three sections, OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above equivalent ECF 125. The Major is under 1940 FIDE | Entry form

Dec
29
Sun
2019
6th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web [MAP]
Tournament limited to a maximum of 8 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. Prizes- 1st place £20 gift voucher; 2nd place £10 gift voucher; 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Jan
29
Wed
2020
6th Seaton Jurassic Blitz Tournament @ Seaton Chess Club Town Hall Fore Street Seaton
Jan 29 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
6 rounds – 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry Fee: £3 (£2 juniors) on the evening. Prize for winner and grading prizes | Entry form

Mar
25
Wed
2020
1st Online Jurassic Blitz Chess Arena @ lichess.org
Mar 25 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: Web: http://seatonchessclub.co.uk
Blitz Chess Arena to be held ONLINE at lichess.org. Rate of play: 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Playing Period: 6.45pm – 9.15pm. Free to register and enter. 1st Prize: an immortal place in the Seaton Chess Club Hall of Fame!
Lichess arena rules apply – see entry form | Entry form

Mar
29
Sun
2020
8th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com | Web [MAP]
All ages and levels welcome. £10 entry fee. Time control – 10 min per game (no increments). Players will play a minimum of 6 games or maximum of 9 games. Prizes for all participants

Apr
10
Fri
2020
West of England Chess Union Congress – CANCELLED @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz – CANCELLED @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

Apr
19
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Apr
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP]
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

May
17
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Jun
14
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jun 14 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form